Rafsanjani added, "We are trapped in stagnation and stagnation is very dangerous... Hundreds and thousands of economic and industrial projects have been stopped incomplete... Some 7 to 8,000 construction projects are almost dead... The products of those few factories which had production, have remained unwanted."
Referring to Karbastchi's affair, Rafsanjani warned Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, "Discouraging the country's managers and making them regret ... is very dangerous." Rafsanjani also begged Western countries to impose restrictions on the Mojahedin and Iranian Resistance and prevent their representatives from going to the United Nations and the European Parliament. He lamented about the Resistance having its own publications and television programs.
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran commented: Rafsanjani's remarks demonstrated the "weightlessness" of the clerical regime in its entirety, a situation which manifests itself in the exertions of the illegitimate mullahs' regime's in the whirlpool of crises in the final phase of its existence and shows the need for increasing readiness of the Iranian people's just Resistance.
Mr. Rajavi added: Rafsanjani uncovered in his remarks the deteriorating economic and political crises of the regime and the mullahs' tremendous fear of the Resistance. He thus acknowledged the poisonous impact of Khatami's election on the entire regime.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 16, 1998